My Bandsaw is a commercial model made locally here in Colombia, as many of the commercial tools are:
I have always had a problem with drift, and not just a millimetre or two, more like an inch or two! I spent hours trying to correct this, and in the end gave up, marking a line on the saw table so I knew in which direction to cut.
However this was not ideal, and I was finding myself not using the saw, which was ridiculous, the fault I believed was that there was no lower guide, I contacted the company who made it, and they said none of their saws are made with the lower guide, but if I wanted one, they would adapt and fit one, for a price, if I returned the saw.
Since it took four men to lift it into my trailer, that was not an option, so I decided to try and resolve it myself.
I thought about making the support from hardwood, but changed my mind, and went for a simple metal strap:
This I then shaped in the vise, using my lump hammer and cold chisel.
To fit it to the saw, I drilled a hole to bolt it to the frame, and on the other side, I drilled a hole, and then using my angle grinder with a cutting wheel, I expended the hole into a slot, to take two bearings.
It was then fitted to the saw, and adjusted.
Does it work?... Let’s just say, it has cut out nearly all the drift, I know I will never get rid of the problem all together, but it is a different saw! :)
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